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by Theresa König last modified 2007-02-19 14:20


After crossing the border on the Zeinisjoch, you can follow the Zeinis Brook all the way to Wirl, where it empties into the Kleinvermuntbach just below the Grofenspitze.  On the way down from Zeinisjoch to Wirl, you will not only get a view of the Upper Paznaun landscape, but if you look closely, you will gain insight into past and present developments in the area.  The chair lifts around the Alpkogel speak of tourism in the area.  Southwest of the Zeinis Brook you can find the remains of individual derelict huts throughout the area.  The property called Kleinzeinis cannot be overlooked north-east of the Zeinis Brook.  A map by Peter Anich marks this place with the name “ueber Zeines” or “above Zeines”.  The name “kleinseynis”, on the other hand is marked on the map close to the Zeinisjoch on the Vorarlberg side. 
The path heading for Vorarlberg is above Wirl.  The “Landle” hiking trail between Wirl and Winkl remind us of the Romanian settlers and their every day culture with the Romanian names for the meadows like Binta and Halgschna.  It is worth paying attention to the vegetation along the path to the centre of the Galtuer colony as well as the path of the forest edge on the escarpments around Galtuer.  Experienced observers can make out the river bed of the Trisanna and/or both of the source brooks from the Kleinvermunt and the Jam Valley despite a comparatively dense population.
If you reach the street at the same level as the Winkl meadow, before you get to the church that is of great cultural history importance in Galtuer, you will notice a long modern building.  It was built after the avalanche on February 23rd, 1999 and unites the functions of an avalanche protection wall and the municipal civil defence centre.  In addition, this eye-catching building also houses the Alpinarium – which is an information and documentation centre that shares information about the living and cultural areas in high Alpine regions.


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